swad·​dle | \ˈswä-dᵊl \
swaddled; swaddling\ ˈswäd-​liŋ , ˈswä-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of swaddle 

transitive verb

1a : to wrap (an infant) with swaddling clothes

b : envelop, swathe legs swaddled in bandages

2 : restrain, restrict marriage … swaddled him in a domesticity he came to loathe— Nina Auerbach

Examples of swaddle in a Sentence

He swaddled the baby in a blanket.

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On Friday, Chief Spadafora’s body was lifted off the back of a fire truck and carried into St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue the same way: swaddled in an American flag and laid in a Stokes basket. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "Funeral Is Held for Firefighter Killed by Ground Zero Toxins," 29 June 2018 Perhaps cold comfort for investors used to being comfortably swaddled in central bank largess—but far better than a real global growth meltdown. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "Global Growth Isn’t Dead Yet," 8 June 2018 Finally, the boy was swaddled in a flexible plastic stretcher — akin to a tortilla wrap, Hodges said — to confine his limbs and protect him from the cheese-grater walls. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 Much like swaddling a baby, this jacket provides a constant, gentle pressure that comforts pets. Southern Living, "How to Keep Dogs Calm During Fireworks," 3 July 2018 After all, consider how many Toronto-area boys and girls went to sleep Sunday night, swaddled in their Maple Leafs blankies, and dreamed of a Stanley Cup closer than their young lives have ever known. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "In Joining an Up-and-Coming Maple Leafs Squad, John Tavares Gets to Live Out His Dream," 2 July 2018 Joanna wrote on Instagram, captioning a photo of Crew swaddled in a $250 rocker by Parisian baby outfitter Charlie Crane. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Joanna Gaines Shares the Tradition Chip Is Continuing with Newborn Son Crew — See the Photo," 6 July 2018 According to Stanford Children's Health, NAS is usually treated with comfort care like swaddling and supportive care like extra calories and intravenous fluids. Andy Marso, kansascity, "More Missouri babies being born in painful withdrawal; supporting mothers is key," 9 June 2018 Young Miles — who was born on May 16 — is swaddled in a yellow blanket, one cute little bootied foot sticking out. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Chrissy Teigen, Ryan Reynolds and the gift of celebrity confessions," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of swaddle

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for swaddle

Middle English swadelen, swathelen, probably alteration of swedelen, swethelen, from swethel swaddling band, from Old English; akin to Old English swathian to swathe

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English Language Learners Definition of swaddle

: to wrap (someone, especially a baby) tightly with a blanket, pieces of cloth, etc.

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